NPS-28: CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT GUIDELINE
Copies of final cultural resources reports produced or contracted by the centers, regional offices, and parks should be provided to the following offices and repositories. This list represents a minimal distribution, and additional copies should also be printed to meet anticipated demand by other interested parties.
Public Access to Cultural Resource Reports and Confidentiality of Archeological and Ethnographic Resource Information
The Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) uniform regulations provide that federal land managers shall not make available to the public information concerning the nature and location of archeological resources unless the manager finds that disclosure will further the purposes of ARPA and related legislation and will not risk harm to the resources or their sites (see 43 CFR 7.18[a]). Section 304 of the National Historic Preservation Act also addresses needs to withhold information about the location, character, or ownership of historic resources in specified cases. Thus, cultural resource reports that contain information about archeological and ethnographic resources must be evaluated to determine whether they should be restricted in their entirety or whether information about sensitive resources should be appended separately or otherwise flagged for deletion when the reports are made available to the general public.
All cultural resource reports must be reviewed by appropriate cultural resource discipline specialists and certified by superintendents before distribution or microfiching. The completed certification form as shown following must be bound in all final reports, and a completed copy must be contained in each draft copy submitted for review. Ethnographic reports will be reviewed and certified in the National Center for Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnership Programs until parks, support offices, and other centers have applied cultural anthropologists (ethnographers) on staff.
I certify that [name of report] has been reviewed against the criteria contained in 43 CFR 7.18(a)(1) and upon the recommendation of [name and title of discipline specialist] has been classified as [select from key words below].
Classification key words:
"Available" Making the report available to the public meets the criteria of 43 CFR 7.18(a)(1).
"Available (deletions)" Making the report available with selected information on site locations and/or site characteristics deleted meets the criteria of 43 CFR 7.18(a)(1). A list of chapters, pages, maps, paragraphs, etc., that must be deleted for each report in this category is attached.
"Not Available" Making the report available does not meet the criteria of 43 CFR 7.18(a)(1).
The Technical Information Center in the Information and Production Services Division of the Denver Service Center microfilms all cultural resource reports produced for the NPS. Copies of the reports in a microfiche or paper format can be provided to NPS personnel or the public through this office.
The National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161 (703-487-4650), can provide copies of many park-related cultural resource reports. A bibliography of reports available through NTIS is maintained by the Park Historic Structures and Cultural Landscapes Program in the National Center for Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnership Programs.
Chadwyck-Healey, Inc., produces microfiche copies of cultural resource reports, available by geographic region, subject, author, title, date, broad study type, and park. A bibliography of reports available through Chadwyck-Healey is maintained by the Park Historic Structures and Cultural Landscapes Program in the National Center for Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnership Programs.